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My Rowenta iron is giving off brown water and the holes are plugging up with calcium. How do I clean it? I thought these were made to be used with tap water?

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  • madrums51 Oct 23, 2008

    I might try this even though Rowenta probably wouldn't approve. I'm in Phoenix, AZ and our tap water is terrible. We use Limeaway all the time on everything! Thanks.

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Fill with limeaway let it sit for about 2 hours.. empty.. fill with water

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